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Software Tools & Data Archives

CIP Survey of Biomedical Image Archives

The goal of this project is to create a survey of Publicly Available InVivo Medical Imaging Archives and the underlying software capabilities. It is generally agreed that there is a need for public medical imaging archives to provide the biomedical research community, industry, and academia with access to images that support:

  • Lesion detection and classification
  • Accelerated diagnostic imaging decision
  • Quantitative imaging assessment of drug response

The purpose of this project is to provide a practical guide for the community which that allows them to:

  1. to assess existing software and instantiations that are appropriate to their research or clinical needs; and .
  2. to locate relevant  publicly available data for research.

We encourage any feedback from the wider community that may help improve this information or correct any misconceptions stated below. The survey is divided into two sections:

  1. Publicly hosted biomedical imaging archives, which are populated with actual data which that researchers, teachers, industry, etc may wish to utilize
  2. Image archive software solutions which that one could download and use to host their own DICOM image data sets

TCGA Data Portal

The Cancer Genome Atlas Data Portal contains a wealth of genetic, clinical, and pathology data which that is freely available on large patient populations for over 20 cancer types.  This data can be correlated directly to TCGA image collections stored in The Cancer Imaging Archive.

Free/Open source image workstations

These tools may be helpful to people who need to view images outside of their institutional PACS for research purposes.  The Cancer Imaging Program has no formal affiliation with these tools and is offering this list only as a service to the research community.

  1. 3D Slicer
  2. AIM-enabled Clearcanvas (caBIG)
  3. Clearcanvas (official)
  4. Osirix